This 14-day journey takes you through the staggering diversity of Argentina’s climates and landscapes. You’ll start in the vibrant capital Buenos Aires, travel to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land of Fire’, in the very south, move north from there to the Glacier National Park, and further yet to the unmissable Igazu Falls. End your trip in the northwest for some fine wine tasting and a drive through a cloud forest.
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The lively capital Buenos Aires may lean towards Rome or Paris for urban chic design and atmosphere, but it has enough flavour of its own amongst the fine boulevards, parks and plazas that still dance to the sultry rhythm of tango late into the night.
Lush rolling pampas is tamed by guachos and their vast ranches. Their labours are savoured by carnivores all over the country with delicious beef barbecues a national specialty best accompanied with a glass of one of Argentina’s superb wines.
The jagged finale of the Andes range provides some of the continent’s best trekking, boat trips across spectacular icy lakes and superb skiing over the northern hemisphere summer.
The spectacular Iguazu waterfalls and surrounding steamy forest gorges are teeming with birds and butterflies. At the other extreme of the country, whales, elephant seals and colonies of penguins gather at Patagonia’s bracing coastline whilst, inland, mighty glaciers slowly retreat.
Days 1 – 3: Immerse yourself in the charm of Buenos Aires with its atmospheric café culture, mesmerising tango and innumerable gastronomic delights.
Days 4 – 6: Visit Ushuaia, the dramatically located capital of Tierra del Fuego, and explore the park’s lakes, forests and tundra.
Days 7 – 8: Take a walk in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and marvel at the magnificent Perito Moreno, one of the world’s most famous glaciers.
Days 9 – 10: Get up close with the world’s most dramatic waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls. Wander around a network of trails and walkways leading above and below the roaring water.
Days 11 – 14: Enjoy the sights of the colonial city of Salta. Stop in one of the wineries around Cafayate. Take a dramatic road trip in the clouds as the landscape changes from forested mountains to arid red rock dotted with giant cacti.
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- Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive at Ezeiza International Airport, transfer to hotel for a free day to explore the city. Recommended sights include the sprawling Recoleta cemetery- a pretty historic spot surrounded by parks and cafes.
- Day 2: Buenos Aires
After breakfast, explore on foot the most important buildings and areas of this city, known as the Paris of South America: the Obelisk, La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta and Palermo. In the evening, enjoy one of Buenos Aires’ most traditional Tango shows, with dinner and wine included.
- Day 3: Buenos Aires- Ushuaia
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ushuaia in the extreme south of the country. Ushuaia, known as the city at the end of the world, is found on the shores of the Beagle Channel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city - don’t forget to visit the museums detailing the area’s fascinating history.
- Day 4: Ushuaia
After breakfast, visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is a day for discovering all the secrets of this paradise of mountains, freshwater lakes and rivers. Walk through the forest and later journey by canoe to Lapataia Bay.
- Day 5: Ushuaia
An exhilarating off-road quad bike excursion beyond the mountains, taking in the beauty of Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano.
- Day 6: Ushuaia – El Calafate
Breakfast, transfer from hotel to the airport for flight to El Calafate, gateway to the turquoise waters of Lake Argentina and the ice fields beyond.
- Day 7: El Calafate
Crampons on for a short trek on top of the Perito Moreno glacier to experience at close hand its peaks, caves and intense-blue lagoons.
- Day 8: El Calafate
Day at leisure to explore the pretty areas around the Glacier National Park. Optional excursions include a boat trip across Lake Argentina, or get a glimpse of the harsh life of the early European settlers by visiting a Patagonian ranch to ride a horse or watch sheep-shearing.
- Day 9: El Calafate – Iguazu
Transfer to airport to fly to Puerto Iguazu, a small city in Argentina’s far north near to the spectacular Iguazu falls. Transfer to hotel.
- Day 10: Iguazu
An early start to Iguazu National Park, with its marvelous waterfalls, rivers and jungle. Take a walk via one of several jungle walkways that protect the natural habitat and allow for spectacular views a few feet above the ground.
- Day 11: Iguazú –Salta
Transfer to airport for flight to Salta, the city known for its superbly preserved colonial architecture. Arrive in time for a late afternoon visit around the city’s most important churches and sites.
- Day 12: Salta and Cafayate
Head out after breakfast for a full day in Cafayate, heading south past tobacco plantations and a beautiful gorge. Arrive in Cafayate for a visit to a winery for a tasting, then time for lunch and to explore the local area before returning to Salta.
- Day 13: Salta – Purmamarca
A dramatic road trip climbing through the Toro Gorge as the landscape changes from forested mountains to arid red rock dotted with giant cacti. Stop at the remote mining settlement of San Antonio de los Cobres, with its neat adobe houses and welcoming Coya community. Descend towards Purmamarca for overnight stop.
- Day 14: Purmamarca – Salta
After breakfast the road trip passes through the Humahuaca Gorge of vividly coloured rock formations to the town of Humahuaca, a typical Andean colonial settlement where adobe buildings line the narrow streets. Scattered over the area are pre-Inca ruins and 16th Century churches. Return to hotel in Salta to either fly home via Buenos Aires or north by road to Bolivia.